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27 Bible Verses about Magistrates

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Romans 13:4

For he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, [you should dread him and] be afraid, for he does not bear and wear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant to execute His wrath (punishment, vengeance) on the wrongdoer.

Romans 13:3

For civil authorities are not a terror to [people of] good conduct, but to [those of] bad behavior. Would you have no dread of him who is in authority? Then do what is right and you will receive his approval and commendation.

Ezra 7:25

You, Ezra, after the wisdom of your God, which is [in His instructions] in your hand, set magistrates and judges who may judge all the people [west] of the River; choose those who know the instructions of your God, and teach him who does not know them.

1 Timothy 2:1-2

First of all, then, I admonish and urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all men, For kings and all who are in positions of authority or high responsibility, that [outwardly] we may pass a quiet and undisturbed life [and inwardly] a peaceable one in all godliness and reverence and seriousness in every way.

2 Samuel 23:3

The God of Israel spoke, the Rock of Israel said to me, When one rules over men righteously, ruling in the fear of God,

2 Chronicles 19:7

So now let the reverence and fear of the Lord be upon you; take heed what you do, for there is no injustice with the Lord our God, or partiality or taking of bribes.

Daniel 6:4

Then the presidents and satraps sought to find occasion [to bring accusation] against Daniel concerning the kingdom, but they could find no occasion or fault, for he was faithful, nor was there any error or fault found in him.

Ezra 7:26

And whoever will not do the law of your God and the law of the king, let judgment be executed upon him exactly and speedily, whether it be unto death or banishment or confiscation of goods or imprisonment.

Deuteronomy 16:19

You shall not misinterpret or misapply judgment; you shall not be partial, or take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous.

2 Chronicles 19:6

And said to the judges, Be careful what you do, for you judge not for man but for the Lord, and He is with you in the matter of judgment.

Deuteronomy 1:16

And I charged your judges at that time: Hear the cases between your brethren and judge righteously between a man and his brother or the stranger or sojourner who is with him.

Deuteronomy 16:18

You shall appoint judges and officers in all your towns which the Lord your God gives you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment.

Deuteronomy 25:1

If there is a controversy between men, and they come into court and the judges decide between them, justifying the innocent and condemning the guilty,

Exodus 23:6

You shall not pervert the justice due to your poor in his cause.

Deuteronomy 1:17

You shall not be partial in judgment; but you shall hear the small as well as the great. You shall not be afraid of the face of man, for the judgment is God's. And the case that is too hard for you, you shall bring to me, and I will hear it.

Judges 18:7

Then the five men departed and came to Laish and saw the people who were there, how they dwelt securely after the manner of the Sidonians, quiet and feeling safe; and there was no magistrate in the land, who might put them to shame in anything or injure them; and they were far from the Sidonians and had no dealings with anyone.

Luke 12:11

And when they bring you before the synagogues and the magistrates and the authorities, do not be anxious [beforehand] how you shall reply in defense or what you are to say.

Romans 13:1-2

Let every person be loyally subject to the governing (civil) authorities. For there is no authority except from God [by His permission, His sanction], and those that exist do so by God's appointment. Therefore he who resists and sets himself up against the authorities resists what God has appointed and arranged [in divine order]. And those who resist will bring down judgment upon themselves [receiving the penalty due them].

Acts 23:5

And Paul said, I was not conscious, brethren, that he was a high priest; for the Scripture says, You shall not speak ill of a ruler of your people.

Exodus 22:28

You shall not revile God [the judges as His agents] or esteem lightly or curse a ruler of your people.

1 Peter 2:13-14

Be submissive to every human institution and authority for the sake of the Lord, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, Or to governors as sent by him to bring vengeance (punishment, justice) to those who do wrong and to encourage those who do good service.

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Foundation » Illustrative of » Magistrates

Psalm 82:5

[The magistrates and judges] know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in the darkness [of complacent satisfaction]; all the foundations of the earth [the fundamental principles upon which rests the administration of justice] are shaking.

Magistrates » Wisdom and integrity essential to

Proverbs 31:4

It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to desire strong drink,

Deuteronomy 16:18

You shall appoint judges and officers in all your towns which the Lord your God gives you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment.

Deuteronomy 1:13

Choose wise, understanding, experienced, and respected men according to your tribes, and I will make them heads over you.

Proverbs 24:23

These also are sayings of the wise: To discriminate and show partiality, having respect of persons in judging, is not good.

Magistrates » Examples of honour rendered to

Genesis 41:43

He made him to ride in the second chariot which he had, and [officials] cried before him, Bow the knee! And he set him over all the land of Egypt.

1 Samuel 10:24

And Samuel said to all the people, Do you see him whom the Lord has chosen, that none like him is among all the people? And all the people shouted and said, Long live the king!

2 Samuel 19:15

So [David] returned and came to the Jordan. And Judah came to Gilgal to meet the king, to conduct him over the Jordan.

1 Kings 8:66

On the eighth day he sent the people away; they blessed the king and went to their tents with greatest joy and gratitude for all the goodness the Lord had shown to David His servant and Israel His people.

Daniel 3:9

They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, O king, live forever!

More verses: Acts 26:2

Magistrates » Should » Judge righteously

Deuteronomy 1:16

And I charged your judges at that time: Hear the cases between your brethren and judge righteously between a man and his brother or the stranger or sojourner who is with him.

Deuteronomy 16:18

You shall appoint judges and officers in all your towns which the Lord your God gives you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment.

Deuteronomy 25:1

If there is a controversy between men, and they come into court and the judges decide between them, justifying the innocent and condemning the guilty,

Magistrates » Should » Rule in the fear of God

2 Chronicles 19:7

So now let the reverence and fear of the Lord be upon you; take heed what you do, for there is no injustice with the Lord our God, or partiality or taking of bribes.

2 Samuel 23:3

The God of Israel spoke, the Rock of Israel said to me, When one rules over men righteously, ruling in the fear of God,

Magistrates » Should » Not take bribes

Deuteronomy 16:19

You shall not misinterpret or misapply judgment; you shall not be partial, or take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous.

Magistrates » Should » Be impartial

Deuteronomy 1:17

You shall not be partial in judgment; but you shall hear the small as well as the great. You shall not be afraid of the face of man, for the judgment is God's. And the case that is too hard for you, you shall bring to me, and I will hear it.

Exodus 23:6

You shall not pervert the justice due to your poor in his cause.

Magistrates » Wicked--exemplified » Pilate

Matthew 27:24

So when Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but rather that a riot was about to break out, he took water and washed his hands in the presence of the crowd, saying, I am not guilty of nor responsible for this righteous Man's blood; see to it yourselves.

Magistrates » Purpose of their appointment

Romans 13:4

For he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, [you should dread him and] be afraid, for he does not bear and wear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant to execute His wrath (punishment, vengeance) on the wrongdoer.

Magistrates » Are ministers of God

Romans 13:4

For he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, [you should dread him and] be afraid, for he does not bear and wear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant to execute His wrath (punishment, vengeance) on the wrongdoer.

Magistrates » To be wisely selected and appointed

Ezra 7:25

You, Ezra, after the wisdom of your God, which is [in His instructions] in your hand, set magistrates and judges who may judge all the people [west] of the River; choose those who know the instructions of your God, and teach him who does not know them.

Magistrates » Should » Defend the poor, &c

Magistrates » Should » Judge for God, not for man

2 Chronicles 19:6

And said to the judges, Be careful what you do, for you judge not for man but for the Lord, and He is with you in the matter of judgment.

Magistrates » Good--exemplified » samuel

1 Samuel 12:3-4

Here I am; testify against me before the Lord and Saul His anointed. Whose ox or donkey have I taken? Or whom have I defrauded or oppressed? Or from whose hand have I received any bribe to blind my eyes? Tell me and I will restore it to you. And they said, You have not defrauded us or oppressed us or taken anything from any man's hand.

Magistrates » Should » Judge wisely

1 Kings 3:16-28

Then two women who had become mothers out of wedlock came and stood before the king. And one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell in one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in the house. And the third day after I was delivered, this woman also was delivered. And we were together; no stranger was with us, just we two in the house. read more.
And this woman's child died in the night because she lay on him. And she arose at midnight and took my son from beside me while your handmaid slept and laid him in her bosom and laid her dead child in my bosom. And when I rose to nurse my child, behold, he was dead. But when I had considered him in the morning, behold, it was not the son I had borne. But the other woman said, No! But the living one is my son, and the dead one is your son! And this one said, No! But the dead son is your son, and the living is my son. Thus they spoke before the king. The king said, One says, This is my son that is alive and yours is the dead one. The other woman says, No! But your son is the dead one and mine is the living one. And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword to the king. And the king said, Divide the living child in two and give half to the one and half to the other. Then the mother of the living child said to the king, for she yearned over her son, O my lord, give her the living baby, and by no means slay him. But the other said, Let him not be mine or yours, but divide him. Then the king said, Give her [who pleads for his life] the living baby, and by no means slay him. She is the child's mother. And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had made, and they stood in awe of him, for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to do justice.

Magistrates » To be prayed for

1 Timothy 2:1-2

First of all, then, I admonish and urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all men, For kings and all who are in positions of authority or high responsibility, that [outwardly] we may pass a quiet and undisturbed life [and inwardly] a peaceable one in all godliness and reverence and seriousness in every way.

Magistrates » Should » Subjection to their authority encouraged

Matthew 23:2-3

The scribes and Pharisees sit on Moses' seat [of authority]. So observe and practice all they tell you; but do not do what they do, for they preach, but do not practice.

Magistrates » Wicked--illustrated

Proverbs 28:15

Like a roaring lion or a ravenous and charging bear is a wicked ruler over a poor people.

Magistrates » Wicked--exemplified » Magistrates in philippi

Acts 16:22-23

The crowd [also] joined in the attack upon them, and the rulers tore the clothes off of them and commanded that they be beaten with rods. And when they had struck them with many blows, they threw them into prison, charging the jailer to keep them safely.

Magistrates » Wicked--exemplified » Gallio

Acts 18:16-17

And he drove them away from the judgment seat. Then they [the Greeks] all seized Sosthenes, the leader of the synagogue, and beat him right in front of the judgment seat. But Gallio paid no attention to any of this.

Magistrates » Good--exemplified » Nehemiah

Nehemiah 3:15

The Fountain Gate was repaired by Shallum son of Col-hozeh, ruler of the district of Mizpah. He rebuilt and covered it and set up its doors, its bolts, and its bars, and the wall of the Pool of Shelah (Siloam), by the King's Garden, as far as the stairs that go down [the eastern slope] from the [portion of Jerusalem known as] the City of David.

Magistrates » Good--exemplified » Joseph

Genesis 41:46

Joseph [who had been in Egypt thirteen years] was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh and went [about his duties] through all the land of Egypt.

Magistrates » Wicked--exemplified » Sons of samuel

Magistrates » Should » Hate covetousness

Magistrates » Good--exemplified » gideon

Judges 8:35

Neither did they show kindness to the family of Jerubbaal, that is, Gideon, in return for all the good which he had done for Israel.

Magistrates » Should » Be diligent in ruling

Magistrates » Should » Seek wisdom from God

1 Kings 3:9

So give Your servant an understanding mind and a hearing heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and bad. For who is able to judge and rule this Your great people?

Magistrates » Are not a terror to the good, but to the evil

Romans 13:3

For civil authorities are not a terror to [people of] good conduct, but to [those of] bad behavior. Would you have no dread of him who is in authority? Then do what is right and you will receive his approval and commendation.

Magistrates » Are appointed by God

Magistrates » Wicked--exemplified » Felix

Acts 24:26

At the same time he hoped to get money from Paul, for which reason he continued to send for him and was in his company and conversed with him often.

Magistrates » Good--exemplified » Daniel

Daniel 6:3

Then this Daniel was distinguished above the presidents and the satraps because an excellent spirit was in him, and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.

Magistrates » Should » Be faithful to the sovereign

Daniel 6:4

Then the presidents and satraps sought to find occasion [to bring accusation] against Daniel concerning the kingdom, but they could find no occasion or fault, for he was faithful, nor was there any error or fault found in him.

Magistrates » Good--exemplified » Job

Magistrates » Should » Know the law of God

Ezra 7:25

You, Ezra, after the wisdom of your God, which is [in His instructions] in your hand, set magistrates and judges who may judge all the people [west] of the River; choose those who know the instructions of your God, and teach him who does not know them.

Magistrates » Should » Enforce the laws

Ezra 7:26

And whoever will not do the law of your God and the law of the king, let judgment be executed upon him exactly and speedily, whether it be unto death or banishment or confiscation of goods or imprisonment.

Magistrates » Their office to be respected

Acts 23:5

And Paul said, I was not conscious, brethren, that he was a high priest; for the Scripture says, You shall not speak ill of a ruler of your people.